As the oldest seafood restaurant under the same ownership in Manatee County, we have a long history in the seafood business, with over 200 combined years of experience. In 1927, Papa Jack Moore started walking the flats of the bays getting stone crabs by hand.
A Growing Business
As his business grew, Papa Jack started rowing a boat up and down the coast, sleeping on the beach at night. He later bought an outboard motor to speed up the process. Back then, Papa Jack worked about 50 to 75 traps, whereas today, our boats work as many as 140,000 traps. All traps are built by hand, even today.
Working the Traps
Each day, from October 15 to May 15, our boats work the traps to bring in fresh crabs for the restaurant. The claws are carefully removed and the live crabs returned to the waters to regenerate new ones. A good day’s catch will run between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds of claws.
Trapping is done between the Florida Keys and Clearwater Beach (on the Gulf side). During a season, we serve between 350,000 to 400,000 pounds of stone crab claws.